consonant clusters

Penner pennerkm at
Tue Dec 4 12:12:34 EST 2001

S.Lyosov asked:

> When do you think the Hebrew final consonant clusters of monosyllabic
nouns were opened by an auxiliary vowel? 

GKC (28e, page 93) attributes this to the Masoretes, and "they do not
alter the monosyllabic character of the forms" (94).

> And when did (Proto)Hebrew drop case endings? And how do we know it?

Waltke/O'Connor claim, "During the last centuries of the second
millennium, the case system disappeared."  They say we know it from
Akkadian, Classical Arabic, Early Northwest Semitic, Ugaritic, and
Canaanite glosses in the Armana letters (page 126).

Ken Penner, M.C.S. (Regent College), M.A. (McMaster)
Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies, 
Biblical Field (Early Judaism major)
McMaster University
Hamilton, Canada
pennerkm at
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